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Kenilworth Abbey Barn

Kenilworth Abbey Barn is one of the many barns I have visited, which was originally a monastic building, in this case possibly the Abbot’s meeting hall, and was used as a stable after the dissolution of the abbey.

It is a rectangular, sandstone building of two stories. It originally had an outside staircase giving access to the upper floor which had a raised cruck roof. This has been replaced with a tie-beam truss. The barn is now a local museum which is open every Sunday afternoon from May to September. It is manned by volunteers from The Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society. Near by are the ruins of the Abbey Gatehouse.

All the exhibits in the museum (including the roof trusses) are clearly labelled
and there is a wealth of literature about the history of Kenilworth.